Universal is hoping for a hat trick with The Bourne Legacy, which marks just the latest action flick featuring Jeremy Renner released in theaters over the past year (after Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Avengers); Legacy is also the first franchise vehicle headlined by Renner. It’s possible that the Oscar-nominee/rising star and Jason Bourne actor Matt Damon could join forces in a fifth Bourne movie – assuming the masses are receptive to Renner’s onscreen alter ego (the genetically-enhanced assassin Aaron Cross)
Early reactions to Bourne Legacy trailers have mostly fallen on the positive side. Some people, however, have been hesitant to embrace any continuation of the Bourne franchise – not only because they consider Bourne Ultimatum to be a near-perfect conclusion to the saga of Jason Bourne, but also due to Damon’s lack of involvement (in any significant capacity, at least). For those still on the fence about whether or not they want to check out Legacy in theaters: we have a trio of additional TV spots and an international poster, to help you reach a decision (scroll down to check them out).
Here’s the official lowdown on Bourne Legacy, followed by the latest TV spots and international one-sheet (basically, a foreign-language variation on the domestic poster):
The narrative architect behind the ‘Bourne’film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: ‘The Bourne Legacy.’ The writer/director expands the ‘Bourne’ universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.
For ‘The Bourne Legacy,’ Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
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The Bourne Legacy opens in theaters around the U.S. on August 10th, 2012.